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    Established in 1994 in Washington, DC, the National Hispanic Medical Association is a non-profit association representing the interests of 50,000 licensed Hispanic physicians in the United States. NHMA is dedicated to empowering Hispanic physicians to be leaders who will help eliminate health disparities and improve the health of Hispanics. NHMA's vision is to be the national leader to improve the health of Hispanic populations.
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    Gaylord National Harbor Hotel, Washington, DC area : We also invite government agencies, health industry, corporate and non profit health experts to becoming a Sponsor and to provide a Career Exhibit for our health professionals and students and medical residents.
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  • National Hispanic Health Foundation

    The National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF), a 501c3 organization, was established in 1994 as the philanthropic branch of the National Hispanic Medical Association. The mission of NHHF is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved.
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Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research Report

As a part of an ongoing commitment to promote health care equity and quality, the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) convened a meeting of national experts to the Consensus Summit on Building Diversity in Medicine and Research, on January 29, 2015 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.  National leaders for underrepresented populations in science and medicine discussed their best ideas and practices for improving representation; established recommendations, and formulated a direction and consensus statements, with the aim to build diversity in medicine and research in the U.S. not sure about the wording:  Link here to the Summit Final Report.

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NHMA White Paper: NHMA Produced a white paper entitled: “An Examination of Minority Populations and the Dental Service Organization Model in the US," which examines dental access among minority & low -income populations.

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 Introducing the NHMA Endorsed Employee Benefits Program: NHMA is excited to respond to the needs of its member physicians and supporters by offering our new NHMA Endorsed Employee Benefits Program.  The program offers access to quality health plans and valuable supplemental insurance and business products for NHMA physicians, members and their staff. Click here for more information. 

NHMA's "CALL TO ACTION" against GOP Health Care Bill to Repeal ACA  (The Skinny Bill) : NHMA advocates for health reform that includes access to affordable healthcare insurance for all and Medicaid expansion and subsidies and cost sharing for insurance plans. Call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121 to tell Senators to Vote No to Replace ACA TODAY July 27, 2017.

Trump Administration Nominations - See Plum Book for political positions for Trump Administration - full time and part time Boards. Send in your Letter of Interest and CV to NHMA Health Professional Appointment Project to nhma@nhmamd.org

NHMA Cardiovascular Disease and Hispanics Leadership Summit Series, 2017 -  Caruso Catholic Center, USC, Los Angeles, CA - August 17th. Health & community leaders invited. We invite community leaders and health professionals - All day summits followed by Region Networking Receptions from 4:30 - 7:30 pm. RSVP to Pedro Montenegro at pmontenegro@nhmamd.org

NHMA Region Policy Forums and Receptions  SAVE THE DATES: Sept thru Nov - Washington, DC - Sept.7, Los Angeles - Sept. 19, NYC - Oct 5, Atlanta Oct. 19, Chicago, Nov. 11, San Antonio - TBD. Speakers include US DHHS Region Directors and healthcare private sector leaders.

NHHF Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Galas - honoring key leaders as well as the scholars - New York Academy of Medicine, NY, Nov. 30 and Millenium Biltmore Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 14 - with Health Professional/Student Job Fair at 5:30 - 6:30 pm in LA only.


Obesity and Diabetes Initiative

NHMA Obesity & Diabetes Online Portal

In partnership with the Office of Minority Health, US Department of Health & Human Services

National Hispanic Health Foundation Child Obesity Health Communications Program. 

Working with NHMA and the State Hispanic Medical Societies and physician leaders in California and New York, this effort will focus on developing knowledge to health communications to empower Hispanic physicians to educate their communities over two years. Funding for two years is being provided by the Kellogg Foundation.

We plan to coordinate the following major activities and welcome your input and participation:

  1. Research Federal Programs that can decrease Obesity in Children from 0 to 8 years old. We have already partnered with the First Lady's Let's Move! Campaign and the Surgeon General, had  a Congressional Briefing on Child Obesity in October 2010,  and have developed the www.HispanicHealth.info Portal with the support of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Now we are focused on educating our community leaders, health care leaders and policy leaders as well as the community on future strategic policy efforts that can decrease obesity in children ---- to start building a healthy generation for the nation.
  2. Planning and Implementing a Federal Panel of Experts Meeting in Fall, 2011 in Washington, DC.
  3. Co -Convening with Congresswoman Lucille Roybal Allard, Chairwoman, Health Task Force, Congressional Hispanic Caucus on a Congressional Health Briefing on Prevention  in October, 2011---to showcase programs in regions that impact Hispanic health.
  4. Developing a Policy Paper on Child Obesity with our Policy Committee of the Board of Directors to be presented at the NHMA Annual Conference in April 2012 in Washington, DC.
  5. Medical Society Leadership Institute at the New York Academy of Medicine in Winter, 2011-12 on Child Obesity Policy - Federal leaders, California and New York Latino Caucus Leaders, NY City and NYAM leaders.
  6. Coordinating a National Media Advisory Committee with our partners - Univision, National Association of Hispanic Publications, New America Media and others to develop a strategic media plan for the effort.
  7. State Policy Summits in California and New York in Year 2 - 2013  to discuss recommendations to develop healthy communities.

If you are interested, call us today at 202 - 628-5895.

NHMA Leadership Fellowship Program

NHMA Leadership Fellowship NYU Institute July 15, 2010 Reception Video 1

NHMA Leadership Fellowship NYU Institute July 15, 2010 Reception Video 2

Click here for the 2016 Leadership Fellowship Application: Deadline Janary 31, 2016 when the program is announced.

The NHMA California Leadership Fellowship Program is being planned and is not officially announced.  Check here for the announcement this summer. The program is being designed to promote leadership for members of NHMA through executive training and development.  Ten mid-career physicians will be selected for the 2016 cohort. The primary selection criteria include executive leadership potential at the local, regional and national level-- as evidenced by work experience and additional community activities.

Applicants must have a minimum five years of professional experience after the completion of residency training, and letters of recommendation that are part of the application package. 

Training and support will be aimed at enhancing leadership capability, increasing an understanding of current key national and state health policy issues, including prevention, health care delivery and behavioral health care policies in California, and developing innovative perspectives on solutions to critical issues affecting Hispanic populations. Fellows will be expected to develop and present a proposal for a policy analysis to improve health care in the Hispanic community. In addition, Fellows will be provided the opportunity to develop a unique network with national and California experts in health policy and learn about public service careers. They will work with colleagues from across the nation, and participate in the development of future NHMA initiatives in health policy. 

This program is being planned and dates are tbd including: 1) Sacramento Institute in 2016; and 2) Washington Institute I: October 2016 and Washington Institute II at NHMA Annual Conference in March 2017. Deadline to apply is January 31, 2016.

Program Background

In the year 2005, Hispanics have become the largest ethnic minority in the United States. One out of every three Hispanics has no health insurance. Hispanics are 65% Mexican American, 11% Puerto Rican, 8% Cuban, and 16% Central and South American and from other Spanish -speaking countries. They are subjected to a health system with limited knowledge of the Hispanic culture and language. Hispanic physicians number about 5% of the physician workforce in the United States. Studies have shown that Hispanic physicians, in general, provide more medical care to Hispanic patients than to non-Hispanics and serve as the safety net, along with community based clinics, for their communities in urban, rural, and U.S.- Mexico border areas of the nation. In addition, Hispanic medical faculty is beginning to engage themselves in the study of health issues and their impact on Hispanics.

The proportion of Hispanics employed in the senior executive management of the Federal government is significantly lower than the proportion of Hispanics employed in the civilian workforce. In 1996, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services established the "Hispanic Agenda for Action" to increase the employment of Hispanics in career and advisory capacities and to enhance the sensitivity of HHS programs for Hispanic customers. Too few Hispanic physicians in senior executive management positions of the Federal government is a major barrier to achieving access to quality health care for all Americans.

In the Fellowship program, promising Hispanic physicians will receive support to enhance their leadership capability, increase understanding of current key national/state health policy issues, develop innovative perspectives on solutions to critical issues in current public services affecting Hispanic populations, and to develop and present a proposal for policy action to improve health care in the Hispanic community. In addition, the program will provide Fellows the opportunity to develop a unique network with national experts in health policy and public service careers, communicate with colleagues across the nation via Internet, and to participate in the development of future NHMA initiatives in health policy.

Fellowship Activities: Washington Institute I & II and Webinar 

The NHMA Leadership Fellowship will consist of the Sacramento Institute in Spring 2016. This institute will provide background of key State and Federal healthcare and behavioral healthcare policies including Medicare, Medicaid, Mental Health Parity Act, Affordable Care Act, and Pipeline Development for Medicine, Biomedical Research and Public Health, and the importance of Health Disparities, NHMA History and national Hispanic Leadership. The Fellows will be assigned to Health Policy Analysis Teams designed to research and develop a policy paper on specific  topics for NHMA 2015 Congressional Advocacy priorities including: Pipeline Development with STEM and Medical Education, and Health Care Reform and Hispanic Physicians and their Patients. 

A webinar will take place in June 2016 and will be a three hour session with reading materials, leadership career statements, and power points. The NHMA Leadership Fellowship Webinar will be convened in late June and will include an in depth discussion of what individual leadership style is and showcase leaders with roles and responsibilities of key sectors (foundation, insurance company, community advocate, union, public relations) that impact national decision-making and policies for health care services for Hispanic populations.

Washington, DC Institute I will be held October  2016, coinciding with the annual Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Annual Awards Gala. The Fellows will meet with leaders from the White House, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Congress, Think Tanks and national organizations with interests in health policy. The purpose of the session is to gain first hand experience with the policy-making process and to gain experience meeting members of Congress, their staff and with lobbyists as well as with the White House, HHS, the US Surgeon General and other Federal leaders, and key non-governmental organizations. The Fellowship closes at the Washington, DC Institute II at the 21sth Annual Conference in 2017 in Washington, DC where Fellows will present their findings and recommendations for NHMA's advocacy agenda to improve Hispanic health policy.

An Advisory Committee will be developed for the program with health experts who will serve as speakers and mentors to the Fellows. Networking events will also be convened to build the network to government and private sectors leaders.

Fellows are expected to arrange to be given time off from work to participate in the program. Expenses for the Fellows related to the hotel, travel and the breakfasts and lunches while attending the program are covered.

The initial funder of the program was the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration. Other partners have included AMGEN, Inc., Ortho Biotech, Pfizer Inc, Aetna Foundation, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, the California Wellness Foundation, the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the National Hispanic Medical Association.


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Hispanic Physician Leadership Initiative

NHMA plans to develop a 5 year NHMA Hispanic Physician Leadership Initiative to enhance the health status and promote healthy lifestyles of Hispanics and other underserved minorities.

The purpose of the Initiative is to develop a national health communications infrastructure and program that reduces health disparities of heart disease, cancer and diabetes among Hispanics through the NHMA Hispanic Health Portal (hispanichealth.info) and health campaigns, leadership skills of Hispanic physicians to enter into key decision making positions in Federal and State public service, and leadership skills of medical and health professionals to develop community partnerships. Healthy People 2010 objectives for cancer, obesity and diabetes will be targeted.

The project would increase healthy lifestyles and ultimately, health status of Hispanics in the U.S. In Year 1 of the project, NHMA will 1) develop a health communications infrastructure; 2) coordinate a health communications program through public/private partnerships focused on cancer, obesity and diabetes activities, including a Hispanic health database, NHMA Annual Conference, Newsletter, list serves, Hispanic Health Portal (hispanichealth.info); 3) convene a National Leadership Institute at the 14th NHMA Annual Conference; and 4) attend the annual OMH technical assistance meeting.

In Years 2-5 of the project, NHMA will continue these activities, as well as to engage its networks to strengthen and expand partnerships through State Hispanic Health Leadership Summits & health campaigns in California, Texas and New York, and work with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH) to expand health communications and public/private partnerships to eliminate and reduce health disparities for Hispanics and other underserved.

This initiative is being funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.


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